How to Turn On or Off Spatial Sound in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to enable or disable Spatial sound feature in Windows 11.

Windows 11 comes with a feature to enhance the sound quality output from your computer to provides a more immersive experience, especially when watching movies or playing games.

You can choose from three different spatial sound providers to enhance your computer sound quality: Windows Sonic for HeadphonesDolby Atmos for Headphones, and Dolby Atmos for home theater.

Windows Sonic for Headphones can be used with any headphones, earbuds or headsets. Windows Dolby providers can be used with home theater systems and other commercial devices.

The new Windows 11 will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Setting up Spatial sound in Windows 11 is a bit challenging for new users. However, the steps below will show you how to get it done.

To get started with enabling or disabling Spatial sound in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to enable or disable spatial sound in Windows 11

Again, as we mentioned above, Windows 11 comes with Spatial sound feature that provides high quality sound output from your computer. If you’re going to be watching movies or playing cool video games on your computer, enabling Spatial sound might help enhance your experience.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, select Sound on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

In the Sound settings pane, under Output, select the speakers for your Windows 11 computer. If you have multiple speakers, choose the correct one.

Then on the Speakers settings pane, turn on Enhance audio as highlighted below. Also select Spatial sound for headphone device if you’re using one.

Exit and you’re done. In some cases, you may have to restart your computer for the settings to fully apply.

How to disable Spatial sound in Windows 11

If you change your mind about Spatial sound and you want to disable it, reverse the changes above by going to Start ==> Settings ==> Sound ==> Speakers and turn off Spatial sound.

That should do it!